'SNL' may have taken a break this past weekend after the curious Bruce Willis-Katy Perry installment, but the NBC staple will return this Saturday for another experiment in first-time host Edward Norton, along with musical guest Janelle Monae. The first promos for Norton's Saturday hosting gig have hit, complete with requisite 'Fight Club' references, but are they a good sign of things to come?
While initially we were grateful NBC decided to shake up its schedule in canceling both 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family,' paving the way for 'Community''s January return, it seems as if NBC's replacement programming will have serious consequences for 'Parks and Recreation.' The network has opted to preempt the next three new episode of the season, including a Halloween episode that was to fortuitously air on October 31. Should we be worried?
In a day otherwise devoid of TV news, it looks as if the major networks are seizing the opportunity to tinker with their lineups. Where earlier saw CBS grant full-season orders to 'The Crazy Ones,' 'Mom' and 'The Millers,' NBC has now officially canceled the stagnant 'Welcome to the Family' and 'Ironside' remake, setting 'Community' season 5 to premiere in early 2014 along with 'Chicago Fire' spinoff 'Chicago P.D.'
As much as 'Community' fans found themselves dismayed to learn that series star Donald Glover would take a reduced role in season 5, the situation became exponentially more complicated the other day as the rapper/actor/comedian left a bizarre series of Instagram notes both justifying his exit from the cult NBC comedy, and exposing a number of other fears. Now, Glover has broken his silence to explain the troubling behavior.
'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany guest stars as Tom's awesome love interest on an all-new episode of 'Parks and Recreation.' In "Gin it Up!", Donna's tweet gets Leslie in even hotter water with her constituents and colleagues when she's already trying to avoid their ongoing attempts at a recall.
The past few days have given rise to a bit of 'SNL' controversy for the current season's failure to included women of color either among the cast or portrayed in sketches, but the latest host should at least answer some qualms. 'Scandal' it-girl Kerry Washington will host the November 2 installment of the late-night NBC sketch comedy series, bringing back rapper Eminem as musical guest for the sixth time.
Diversity questions have presented themselves among 'SNL''s 39-year history on multiple occasions, most recently as black cast member Jay Pharoah criticized the current cast's lacking female performers of color. Cast veteran Kenan Thompson has a different opinion however, believing most of the black female performers that have auditioned to join the cast simply weren't "ready."
Though no one would necessarily fault 'Community' stars for making the fifth season the final stop for the Greendale gang, fans of the quirky NBC comedy were especially dismayed to learn that series lead Donald Glover would take a reduced role in season 5, likely his last altogether. Several explanations have been offered for Glover's exit, though the actor/rapper/comedian has finally spoken out for himself in a surprisingly bizarre fashion.
Mileage definitely varied on 'SNL' this past weekend with Bruce Willis' first hosting stint since 1989, though amid all the "Boy Dance Parties" and centaurs, we were in for one definite bright spot. Upcoming 'Grand Budapest Hotel' star and former 'Hulk' Edward Norton will host 'SNL' for the first time on October 26, with musical guest Janelle Monae.
Each and every fall TV season brings with it a crop of pilots that eek by enough to find their strengths, while many more fail miserably. We've seen a few cancellations added to the 2013 list already, but with NBC's Mike O'Malley-centric 'Welcome to the Family' ranking especially low on the network's already-struggling Thursday, might 'Community' season 5 get an early premiere to sub in?